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Morristown Medical Center President, David Shulkin, Named Chairman of NJ Council of Teaching Hospitals

Morristown, NJ, January 2013 – David J. Shulkin, MD, president, Morristown Medical Center and vice president, Atlantic Health System, has been named chairman of the board of the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals.

Dr. Shulkin, a nationally-recognized physician, will lead the board of the state’s premier teaching hospital network. The mission of the NJCTH is to advance, promote and support undergraduate and graduate medical education and innovation in new health delivery models.

“New Jersey’s teaching hospitals offer a vast wealth of knowledge and are at the forefront of innovation,” Dr. Shulkin said. “I’m honored to have this opportunity to work with the skilled doctors, nurses and professionals who will guide the future of health care and medical education.”

Together, NJCTH institutions represent more than 36,000 health care professionals, about 7,000 hospital beds, and millions of patient visits. NJCTH hospitals train more than 1,500 resident physicians each year and work with a variety of medical schools.

“2013 stands to be a landmark year for teaching hospitals and medical schools,” said Deborah S. Briggs, president and CEO, New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals. “Successfully navigating the pending policy and financial reforms will require a clear vision and strong leadership. Dr. David Shulkin possesses the precise skills needed to guide New Jersey’s medical education leaders through this dynamic process.”

As president of Morristown Medical Center, Shulkin oversees the 658 licensed bed facility, which has been designated a Level 1 Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and a Level II Trauma Center by the state of NJ, as well as a Magnet Hospital for Excellence in Nursing Service. Morristown Medical is also home to the largest cardiac surgery program in New Jersey, and the hospital carries the highest state designation for maternity centers, the Regional Perinatal Center, which allows the hospital to treat the most complicated obstetrical cases and provide specialized care to sick or premature infants.

In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Morristown Medical Center as a top hospital nationwide for cardiology, heart surgery and gynecology, in the publication’s annual Best Hospitals list. Morristown Medical Center also ranked among the best hospitals in New Jersey and as a “Best Regional Hospital” for Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Orthopedics as well as Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Pulmonology and Urology.

Dr. Shulkin is also administrator of the Atlantic Accountable Care Organization, the second largest ACO in the nation. Touted as one of the “10 ACOs to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review, the Atlantic ACO includes a partnership with Valley Health System in Ridgewood, NJ, and participation from more than 1,300 physicians, including more than 200 primary care physicians, 50 nurse practitioners and 10 ancillary care providers in Bergen, Morris, Sussex, Somerset, and Union counties. Through its participating physicians, hospitals, and staff, Atlantic ACO is committed to improving the quality of health care and reducing the individual and clinical health care costs for the Medicare population served in these regions.

Shulkin steps into the role of chairman following Robert C. Garrett, President and CEO Hackensack University Health Network.

“I was proud to serve as the chairman of the board for the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals. I believe in the council’s mission and vision,” Garrett said. “The council’s membership and leadership make it uniquely qualified in its ability to navigate the changing landscape of academic medicine. I cannot think of anyone better suited to shepherd the Council into the next phase of its growth than Dr. David Shulkin. It is with great pride and confidence that I turn over the leadership of this board to him. His experience as a health care executive coupled with his clinical background will be an asset to the council and to New Jersey.”

Dr. Shulkin joined Atlantic Health System in January 2010 from Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan, where he served for four years as president and CEO and led a financial turnaround and rebuild of the 1.3 billion dollar organization. A board-certified internist, Shulkin has served in numerous physician leadership and academic roles, including: chief medical officer for Temple University Hospital and for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as vice dean and chairman of the Department of Medicine for Drexel University School of Medicine.

Dr. Shulkin received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, performed his internship at Yale University School of Medicine, and a residency and fellowship in General Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center. He received advanced training in outcomes research and economics as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.

As an entrepreneur, Dr. Shulkin founded and served as the Chairman and CEO of DoctorQuality, Inc., one of the first consumer orientated sources of information for quality and safety in health care. Dr. Shulkin has been on the editorial boards of numerous journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association and Hospital Physician, and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Patient Safety, the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management and the Journal of Disease Management.  

In 2011, for the third year, Dr. Shulkin was named one of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives in the Country” by Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician. Previously, Dr. Shulkin was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in American Healthcare,” as well as one of the country's top health care leaders for the next century by Modern Healthcare, and has received the International Leader in Health Care Award by the Healthcare Forum.

The New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals (NJCTH) serves as a voice and central catalyst, magnifying the distinct assets of the state’s medical education organizations and providing information, opportunities and resources that support their delivery of the finest physicians, research and patient care in the nation.

About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, comprised of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit and Newton Medical Center. The three medical centers – all accredited by The Joint Commission – have a combined total of 1,308 licensed beds and more than 2,750 affiliated physicians providing a wide array of health care services to the residents of Northern and Central New Jersey. Specialty service areas include advanced cardiovascular care, pediatric medical and surgical specialties, neurology, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Each of these programs has earned top ratings and recognitions in their respective fields. Atlantic Health System is the official health care partner of the New York Jets and an official health care provider of the New Jersey Devils.

Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more heart surgeries than any other hospital in New York or New Jersey, and is one of 20 facilities across the country to perform catheter-based repair and replacement of valves on both sides of the heart. Atlantic Health System’s spine program – where surgeons perform more spine surgery than anywhere else in New Jersey – is one of just 13 hospitals across the country that has received the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission, achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for cervical and lumbar spine treatments. With the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute based at Overlook Medical Center, the hospital serves as the hub for the New Jersey Stroke Network, and serves about 40 percent of the state’s stroke patients. The system’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital offers more than 100 board-certified physicians in 20 pediatric specialties. Morristown Medical Center is verified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II by the state of New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System has been chosen for the past three consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized four times by AARP as one of the “Best Employers for Workers over 50.” Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and ranked Morristown Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital for treatment of heart failure and coronary surgery in the state. The survey findings also establish Overlook as No.1 for the treatment of neurological disorders and stroke in NJ. Atlantic Health System is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is an affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Morristown Medical Center

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960

Overlook Medical Center

99 Beauvoir Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901

Newton Medical Center

175 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860

Chilton Medical Center

97 West Parkway
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444

Hackettstown Medical Center

651 Willow Grove Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Goryeb Children's Hospital

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960

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Atlantic Medical Group

More than 600 community-
based health care providers.